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Former Marshall University football standout Tuan Reynolds died Wednesday in Roanoke, Va. He was 45.

HUNTINGTON — Former Marshall University football standout Tuan Reynolds died Wednesday in Roanoke, Virginia, where he lived.

Reynolds, 45, was a standout cornerback with the Thundering Herd and started as a freshman in 1993 when he helped Marshall reach the NCAA Division I-AA championship game.

In January 1994 he was paralyzed during a pickup football game with Thundering Herd football players in snow that had closed the university. Reynolds suffered a spinal cord injury when he collided with another player and was rendered quadriplegic. Reynolds used a wheelchair and returned to school in 1995.

"Absolutely shocking," said former Marshall player Derrick Walker.

Former Herd linebacker Albert Barber was a close friend of Reynolds.

"This day doesn't seem real," Barber said. "I can't believe that my dawg is gone. I'm still waiting for a call, text or something. My heart is empty right now. I just can't believe it."

Former Marshall wide receiver Tharen Todd remembered how hard Reynolds practiced against him.

"Tuan was a soldier and such a solid good dude," Todd said.

Former Herd running back Doug Chapman agreed.

"T.R. will definitely be missed," Chapman said.

Reynolds' funeral service is scheduled for noon Tuesday at Pilgrim Baptist Church, 1415 8th St. NW, Roanoke, Virginia. The family will receive friends one hour prior to the service. Friends can visit from 2 to 6 p.m. Monday for viewing. In lieu of flowers, the family has asked for donations to the Boys and Girls Club.

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